Characters who appear in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
The Kiyojūji Paranormal Investigation Squad, also known as the Kiyo Cross Squad, is a group of students from Ukiyoe Middle School formed by Kiyotsugu to investigate youkai. Most of Rikuo's human friends are members of the squad, as well as the disguised Tsurara and the onmyouji Yura.
Founder and president of the Kiyojūji Paranormal Investigation Squad. When he was younger he used to discredit the existence of youkai, but after being rescued by Rikuo's night form, his goal is now the opposite.
- Agent Mulder: His current self.
- Agent Scully: When he was younger.
- Butt-Monkey: Despite his enthusiasm, he's the only member of the squad who hasn't encountered a youkai firsthand. That is, until the Hyaku Monogatari start attacking Ukiyoe Town.
- Large Ham
- Muggle Best Friend: Once he learns the truth about Rikou, he remains loyal to his friend and works on clearing his name.
- Only One Name: We never find out his last name.
- Spoiled Sweet: He is quite rich, but he never brags about his money and he is always paying or providing for the Kiyo Cross Squad.
- Student Council President: He wins the election after the students mistake a real youkai attack for Kiyotsugu's theatrical performance.
Rikuo's neighbor and childhood friend. She doesn't know that Rikuo is indeed the grandson of Nurarihyon. She doesn't like youkai because she finds them scary. Ironically, she often finds herself involved in supernatural incidents.
- Ascended Extra: In the manga after the arc about her birthday her relevance to the main story fades, while in the first anime season the director changed several things to make her more important to the plot.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Kana has pink bunny decorations on her bag.
- Childhood Friends: With Rikuo.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She is really possessive of Rikuo, though the anime downplayed that trait of hers.
- Dangerous 16th Birthday: When she was a kid, she looked at a cursed mirror. The Purple Mirror youkai came after her, but she was saved by Night-Rikuo.
- Loves My Alter Ego: While she is in love with Night-Rikuo, she also harbours a small crush towards his human self.
- Muggle: She is one of the handful of a muggles in a story full of supernatural creatures and those that fight them.
- Muggle Best Friend: She accepts Rikuo's double nature as she watches him defending humans from harm.
- Romantic False Lead
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the Girly Girl to Yura's Tomboy.
One of Rikuo's classmembers and Saori's best friend. When her grandmother got sick she prayed for her health to Senba (the deity whom her grandmother has prayed to since childhood) and unluckily got cursed by Sodemogi... But she was rescued by Kurotabo and Senba.
- Action Survivor: Not particularly strong or skilful yet she manages to survive lots of horrible encounters with youkai.
- Animal Eyes: She is noted by several characters to have cat-like eyes.
- Cat Smile
- Designated Victim: Dramatic variant. She gets attacked by youkai more often than any other member of the Kiyo Cross Squad.
- Genre Savvy: All that time with Yura made her capable of surviving during the Hundred Tales Arc...at least before she got caught again.
- Nice Girl: She is a kind and nice girl. When she was accidentally gropped by Kuro, she understood it was an accident and defended him.
- Rescue Romance: She has been rescued by Kurotabou two times, and she certainly has a little crush towards him.
- Weirdness Magnet: She can't even pray for her sick grandmother without some weird youkai attacking her!
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is green, which is weird since she is a human.
One of Rikuo's classmates and Natsumi's closest friend.
- Action Survivor: Thanks to the tropes below, she manages to survive a dangerous encounter with youkai.
- Big Breast Pride: In an extra chapter where all the girls had sumo matches against each other, after she won she said that she was glad that she had big breasts.
- Genre Savvy: All that time with Yura made her capable of surviving and even taking out a few yōkai during the Hundred Tales Arc.
- Knife Nut: Her first reaction to a yōkai attack? Pull out a knife.
- Weirdness Magnet: Although not as often as Natsumi, she has her share of youkai encounters.
One of Rikuo's classmates. A talented soccer player with a huge crush on Tsurara.
- Demoted to Extra: Out of all of Rikuo's friends, he gets less and less screen time.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Well, he did manage to take out a youkai with a football (or soccer ball if you prefer).
- The Generic Guy
- Hopeless Suitor: He has a crush on Tsurara, but she only has eyes for Rikuo.
A young but very talented onmyōji. She is sent by her family to Ukiyoe Town as part of her training to inherit the headship of the Keikain House. She attends school with Rikuo and the other members of the Kiyojūji Paranormal Investigation Squad.
- Accent Relapse: She speaks in Kansai Regional Accent when showing familiarity.
- Action Girl: When she's not being worfed.
- Badass Adorable
- Berserk Button: NEVER badmouth his grandfather. After a youkai did just that, she made them run away from All her shikigami with her Rentei (water Cannon) covering fire with about 3 fires per second while probably pissing their pants.
- Big Brother Worship: Towards Akifusa.
- Boyish Short Hair
- Butt-Monkey: Her older brother constantly criticizes and makes fun of her while the Youkai she is supposed to exterminate love to tease her and poke fun at her small stature.
- Childhood Friends: With Mamiru.
- The Chosen One: She's currently the only onmyōji who can use Hagun, so she became the prime candidate for inheriting the headship of the Keikain House.
- Fusion Dance: By using Hagun and her shikigami.
- The Gift: She's a prodigy as an omniyoji.
- Little Miss Badass: One of the smallest characters in the cast, but she's an extremely strong and competent onmyouji.
- Necromancer: A sympathetic example. Her Hagun is a special technique which summons the ancestors of the Keikain House.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When she uses her Three-way Fusion, her hair becomes as long as her body.
- Teen Genius: She can bring out more shikigami at once than anyone, and she's currently the only onmyōji who can use Hagun.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the Tomboy to Kana's Girly Girl.
- Tsundere: Lampshaded by none other than (Night) Rikuo himself.
- Most noticeably, she's more tsun towards Night (Youkai) Rikou than Day (Human) Rikou
- The Worf Effect: If anyone is likely to lose to show how powerful an enemy is, it's usually her.
Yura's older brother. He was once a potential candidate for the leadership of the Keikain household.
- Aloof Big Brother: Not a villainous example, but still. He displays a bit of concern for Yura from time to time.
- Calling Your Attacks: Subverted. He uses a different name for his shikigami and his attacks, in order to fool his opponent.
- Combat Pragmatist: Poison, traps, psychological warfare and more.
- Guile Hero
- I Lied: Constantly, and it's part of his fighting style. Backfires on him in his fight with Rikuo, who figures out that his Finishing Move isn't what he claims it to be and counters due to this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
He acts and travels with Ryūji, and they are able to attack in tandem. He was Yura's childhood friend, but now he seems like a completely different person. He sees yōkai as a force of evil, has even greater talent than Yura, and is like a robot in that he doesn't show emotion.
- The Big Guy
- Child Prodigy
- Childhood Friends: With Yura.
- Declaration of Protection: Towards Yura.
- Creepy Monotone
- The Stoic
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He once was a cheerful boy.
He's a member of the Yaso branch of the Keikain House and the guardian of the first Kyoto seal at Nijō Castle. He's one of the most talented onmyōji and his a master craftsman of spirit blades. He was once a potential candidate for the leadership of the Keikain household, but Yura was designated in his place.
- The Blacksmith: We finally see him at work in chapter 187.
- Child Prodigy: He crafted his first spirit blade when he was only 3 years old.
- Demonic Possession: The Yaso branch's secret art. He fuses with his weapon to increase his attack power, although this technique exerts an excessive amount of strain on his mind and body. Then he's possessed by Minagoroshi Jizou.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Although he appeared concerned only about his duty as an onmyōji, he secretely harbored feelings of jealousy against Yura and Ryuuji.
- More Than Mind Control: Minagoroshi Jizou managed to possess him by exploiting the darkness in his heart.
- Nice Guy: He may have some issues, but underneath all that he is a good person.
- Red Right Hand: When he uses his Lance of Demonic Possession.
- The Unchosen One
13th Head of the Keikain family and Yura's ancestor. He fought alongside Nurarihyon against Hagoromo Gitsune 400 years ago.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Nurarihyon Nura-chan.
- Back from the Dead: Unlike the other ancestors he retains a human form and can't act without being ordered by Yura. Though he does disappear if Yura should become tired.
- The Gadfly: Doesn't have any problems teasing Yura.
- The Gift
- Humble Hero
- It Was a Gift: Allows Nurarihyon to keep the Nenekirimaru. Though he does expect him to return it in the future since it is a onmyōji weapon.
- Necromancer: Like Yura he can use Hagun. Him learning it is what allowed him to become the Head and set the rule in place that the Heads can only be those who can use Hagun.
- Nice Guy
- Odd Friendship: An onmyouji befriended a youkai.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He has sealed away several powerful youkai to create a powerful barrier that prevented youkai from invading Kyoto. Two of which are Tsuchigumo and Gashadokuro.
- Spirit Advisor: He's returned thanks to the power of the Hagun as a spirit and is helping Keikain and the Nura clan against Hagoromo Gitsune once again.
Encho allied with them before betraying the Hyaku Monogatari clan.
Tropes Associated with Gokadoin House
- Immortality Begins at 20: It actually depends on their power and skill. The younger they appear the more talented they are.Tenkai being Weak, but Skilled is an old man while Hiruko is a young bishounen.
- No Immortal Inertia: They age to dust when they die.
- Really 700 Years Old: Each one is over a century old, despite appearances.
The Nue/ Abe no Seimei
A very powerful ayakashi, he was the past leader of the Kyoto youkai. Now Hagoromo Gitsune is trying to resurrect him.
- A God Am I: He says so himself to justify his actions.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To Hagoromo Gitsune.
- Back from the Dead: And he prepared it centuries ago.
- Big Bad: Although he overthrows his mother for the position, in truth, he and the next Big Bad manipulated her resurrection to their benefit and therefore is the real main villain in the series.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Has these for his reincarnation.
- Came Back Wrong: His new body starts decaying right after being resurrected.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Does this to Tsuchigumo and Rikuo upon his resurrection.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Originally he wanted to find a way to become immortal to create a perfert world for humans and youkai. Seeing his mother nearly being killed by humans caused him to come to the conclusion that Humans Are the Real Monsters and decided to create a perfect world only for youkai.
- Dark Messiah: For the Kyoto yokai and the Gokadoin House.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: His Start of Darkness was when his mother was mortally wounded by humans. Upon his resurrection as the Nue, the very first thing he does is cast Hagoromo Gitsune into Hell.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted; his first act upon resurrection was to cast his mother into Hell. Ironically his descent into villainy started when seeing his mother was severely wounded/killed by humans.
- Evil Weapon: He is the one who currently wields Maou's Hammer, in accordance with the deal struck between him and it's original wielder Sanmoto Gorouzaemon.
- Expy: Of Aizen, right down to stopping The Hero's blade with a single finger.
- Fetus Terrible: Talking to his mother from her womb.
- Freudian Excuse: Shown then defied upon his resurrection since he casts his mother, the one whose death started him on his Start of Darkness to hell.
- Gravity Sucks: Due to his use of astronomy combined with omyojutsu, he can control the planets movements to cause strong gravitational forces.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-kitsune.
- Hellish Pupils: Has pentagrams for eyes.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Abe no Seimei is a well recorded historical figure. Although his life was surrounded by legends, he was always considered a wise man and one of the good guys.
- Human Dad, Non-Human Mom: His mother is the kitsune Hagoromo Gitsune and his father, Abe no Yasuna, was a human.
- Kick the Dog: Sending his mother to hell after she successfully resurrects him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Thought it takes a while to catch up to him, betraying her turned out to be one of his biggest mistakes. She later returns, understandably less than pleased with him, and proves important in bringing about his death.
- Light Is Not Good: Associates himself with heavenly objects, but definitely not a good person.
- Manipulative Bastard: To Sanmoto, a masterful Manipulative Bastard himself and his own mother.
- The Man Behind the Man: Well, Behind the Woman: To Hagoromo Gitsune.
- Matricide: Tried this by sending his mother to hell, but she came back 40+ chapters later.
- Naked on Revival: After he is reborn.
- Oedipus Complex: Inverted. While his feelings for his father are unknown, he definitely has a love turned hate thing with his mother.
- Physical God: Having the best usage of omyojutsu to use planets to cause gravity pulls and the blood of one of the strongest youkai qualifies you for this. Especially if you beat Tsuchigumo, referred to as a force of natural disaster without a sweat.
- Rapunzel Hair: Blonde.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He is reborn inside Hagoromo Gitsune.
- Sinister Minister: Technically an omiyoji, but still counts.
- Start of Darkness: Shown, then defied.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He was very mad that humans killed his mother which makes his offing of his mother all the more jarring.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The first thing he does after being reborn is toss his mother, who has endured countless reincarnations, into hell.
- The Worf Effect: Does this to Tsuchigumo and Rikuo, as well as the Nura Clan in the anime adaptation.
- Would Hit a Girl: He'd send his own mother to hell!
Abe no Yoshihira
Seimei's son and second Gokadoin head (they count Seimei as the first head). Calm and collected, he cares about his fellow Gokadoin, although he will do whatever sacrifices are needed to fulfill his father's goal.
- Elemental Powers: He's so adept at it that he can summon rain when he wants to pay his respects to his dead comrades, or create volcanic eruptions.
- Kitsune: His youkai form.
- Not So Different: When fighting against Rikuo. He even has his own youkai form.
- Really 700 Years Old: The oldest of the Gokadoin, barring Seimei himself.
- Thicker Than Water: Although he knows his father doesn't care about him, he still follows him.
- Uneven Hybrid: He's the grandson of Hagoromo Gitsune, after all.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Even if he knows he will never hear those words.
Abe no Orochi
- Eyes Always Shut: Even when she's surprised.
- Horned Humanoid: And not the only part of her body she has transformed.
- Kraken and Leviathan: Akuryu which gets killed in one hit.
- Nightmare Face: When unleashing Akuryu, her mouth opens far too wide.
- Orochi: A shikigami used by one of the Gokadoin Heads who is also called Orochi.
Abe no Ariyuki
- Affably Evil: He's genuinely affable and polite with everyone, even those who despise him.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Helped Enchou manipulate and betray Sanmoto and the Shikoku yokai to further the Gokadoin's goals.
- Evil Redhead
- Fan Boy: A fan of Encho when he was working in theaters which is how he met the Hyaku Monogatari Clan.
- The Man Behind the Man: Not only was he the man behind Encho's treason, but has been manipulating some of the events in the series since the beginning. Also, he's Yosuzume's true master.
- Mirror World: He can create his own boss level with his Dark Mirror technique.
- Say It with Hearts: A sign of his cheerfulness.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: One of the most modern looks among the Gokadoin.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: And she loves to torture them.
- Marionette Master: Has an army of teddy bears that she uses to fight.
- People Puppets: She uses her army of teddy bears to take control of other people's bodies.
- Evil Counterpart: Tenkai is one to Ryūji.
- Evil Old Folks: Tenkai's true appearance.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Tenkai was a real Buddhist monk that lived 400 years ago.
- Weak, but Skilled
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's the most powerful member of the Gokadoin House (or so he says).
- Elemental Powers: Hiruko has mastered all five elements of fire, water, metal, wood, and earth.
- Smug Snake
- Yin-Yang Bomb: He can also combine opposite elements which is supposed to be impossible.
NagachikaThe eleventh leader of the Gokadoin House. He ends fighting Tamazuki.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Too bad he doesn't have the ability to justify it.
- Smug Snake: Things end badly for him because of that.
- Knight Templar: He only helped Akifusa to create the new Nenekirimaru because he didn't think it would end up in the hands of a youkai.
- Necromancer: He can raise the dead by using the spirits on Mount Osore.
- Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice. Very big and very sinister.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is pink.
Unaffiliated Humans and Youkai
The Youkai World's Official Secretary. She roams the countryside, collecting whatever bit of youkai history she can.
- The Storyteller: She is the number one authority when it comes to youkai history. Even with a small amount of information, she is able to create books filled with words and pictures.
A young woman who resides on Mount Osore. She is an itako, mediums with the ability to commune with dead spirits.
- The Empath: She tells Akifusa to take a break from forging the Nenekirimaru, as the area they are in has the highest concentration of Fear on Mount Osore and she's worried that he'll suffer like the blacksmiths before him if he doesn't. Also, during Rikuo's battle with Taisei, she heard the voices emanating from the Nenekirimaru.
- Multicolored Hair: Dark pink and black.
- Willing Channeler: She can allow a departed spirit to inhabit her body for a while. Hidemoto Keikain is summoned this way, when Ryuuji wanted to urgently speak with him concerning Seimei's "purification ritual".